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Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway Ready to Celebrate 2018 Season at Awards Banquets

Drag Racing & Stock Car Teams to be saluted at respective banquets

LANCASTER, N.Y. (October 19, 2018) – It’s that time of year when Lancaster National Speedway & Dragway racers put away the fire suits and helmets and get out the suits and ties or dresses for the annual Season Awards Banquets.

The Lancaster National Dragway banquet will be held Friday, November 9 at the Variety Club Banquet Hall at 6114 Broadway in Lancaster. Pre-dinner cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner, awards and dancing. The 2018 Franco’s Pizza IHRA Drag champions and top point finishers will be recognized, plus the 2018 class for the Lancaster National Drag Wall of Fame will be inducted. The 2018 Wall of Fame class includes John Torrelli, Mike Swinarski, Dick Collins and Mac Myers.

Tickets are $50 for adults and $20 for kids under 18. Junior Dragster points members will receive free entry. Tickets can be purchased by downloading the order form from the LNS&D website (www.lancasternationalspeedway.com). All ticket orders should be sent to Sharon Hughes by November 2.

The Lancaster National Speedway awards banquet will be held the following night, Saturday, November 10, at the Buffalo Pizza & Ale House & Banquet Room at 603 Dingens St. in Buffalo. Cocktails start at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the awards ceremony. A live DJ will provide music for dancing following the awards. Tickets are $38 for adults and $20 for kids 17 and under. Banquet tickets include admission to the live music playing at the bar next to the banquet room. Attendees can also receive 50% off rooms at the adjoining Best Western hotel. Rooms can be booked by calling the hotel at 716-240-9161.

Stock Car banquet ticket order forms can also be found on the website. Orders must be sent to Todd Hannon by November 3.

WILLIAMS & SCHAEFER TO BE RECOGNIZED BY TTOMS; WILLIAMS TO SERVE AS GRAND MARSHALL FOR HAUNTED 100 AT SEEKONK

Seekonk, Mass. (October 17, 2018): The Tri-Track Open Modified Series (TTOM) will pay tribute to its founders Dick Williams and Jim Schaefer on Saturday, October 27 during the running of the series’ season finale at Seekonk Speedway. The two are the driving force behind the continued success of the series. Williams will serve as the Grand Marshal for the event.

“Nobody in this sport works harder for not only the owners and drivers of Modified racing but the fans as well,” said Managing TTOMS partner Wayne Darling. “Every discussion starts and ends with how the event will impact the teams and the fans.”

Dick Williams has been a fixture in northeast racing for decades. He was a race promoter in the early 80s even promoting multiple tracks in one year. After a rather long hiatus from the sport, Williams along with his band of “Racing Guys” that includes Wayne Coats returned to his roots to raise money for a variety of races in support of the drivers and teams.

Jim Schaefer is best known as the Long Island Maniac. Hailing from Long Island, he spent much of his time supporting the racers at Riverhead. In 2005, he began traveling to more and more race tracks. He gained notoriety in the heyday of the online message board Mod Series Scene with his positivity. His screen name was Long Island Mod Maniac. His reputation grew while working to raise additional money for Modified Tour teams at Riverhead.

“We complement each other,” said Schaefer of his relationship with Williams. “I mingle with the fans, he deals with the track and the teams.”

After connecting through the urging of the Zachem family several years back, Schaefer and Williams have shared a common goal to bring affordable racing to modified teams with solid payout and forged a strong friendship along the way. The dynamic duo recruit drivers, negotiate with race tracks and vendors, solicit sponsors and provide exceptional service long after the agreements are reached.

“The Tri-Track Series was the best thing that happened to modified racing in a long, long time and if not for Jim & Dick it would have never became a reality,” said multi-time Series champion Matt Hirschman. “I still remember being at the 2013 Thompson World Series when the idea of the series was just some scribbles on a note pad and a conversation piece going into the off-season. It quickly gained momentum and became what it still is today – the best short track open modified events of any season.”

Most importantly Schaefer believes it is the mutual respect that he and Williams have for one another that has been the key to their success.

“We tend to agree 99% of the time. The other 1% we civilly work things out.”

It is this same philosophy that has earned Williams and Schaefer the support of team and tracks like. And, the admiration of the entire Tri-Track Open Modified Series team.

“It will feel good to honor these guys during the show,” added Darling. “It will be great to see Dick as the Grand Marshal.”

The Haunted 100 is set for Saturday, October 27 at Seekonk Speedway in Seekonk, MA. In addition to the hotly contested 100-lap Modified main event, the ground-pounders will be joined by the Pro-All-Star Series (PASS) for a 150-lap Super Late Model feature event. The already stout schedule of short-track racing will also include a 50-lap Late Model race.

Champions will be crowned in both the Tri-Track Open Modified Series and the PASS Northern SLM Tour.

Gates open at 11am with racing starting at 1pm on Saturday, October 27. General admission is $27. Children under 12 are admitted free. Pit gates opens at 8am with admission of $37.  The rain date is Sunday, October 28.

To learn more about the Tri-Track Open Modified Series, visit TriTrackMods.com or find the series on Facebook and Twitter.

Part 4 of NLWS Documentary Series to be released online Oct 23, 2018

Waterford, CT (October 15, 2018) – The fourth installment of the Vault Productions documentary series on the history of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl is set for release on October 23, 2018.  Part 4 will be available via the Vault Productions YouTube channel and their network of websites:  speedbowldocumentary.comspeedbowlhistory.com and sidsview.com.   The first three films (collectively covering 1951-1984) are already available online.

Part 4 picks up in 1985 when Stafford Speedway owner Jack Arute leased the Speedbowl from Harvey Tattersall Jr.  The 3-year reign was overseen largely by Ed Yerrington, a former Modified Champion at Stafford who was the GM at both Arute tracks during 1985-1987.  In 1988, the relatively unknown Korteweg family put together an investment group to buy the track and they ran it until 1994.  The Arute family contributed to the research for Part 4, while Dan, George and Wayne Korteweg are all featured in on-camera interviews.  The film covers many aspects of track management by both groups, including NASCAR sanctioning, creating new divisions, major renovations to the facility, non-racing events, and a 3-year long battle with local residents who were opposed to the Speedbowl’s existence.

On the track, there are in-depth profiles of many Speedbowl stars including Bob Potter, Dick Ceravolo, Brian McCarthy, Phil Rondeau, Jay Stuart, Tom Fox, Ted Christopher, the 2nd generation of Gada siblings and Johnny Cambino, who returned to weekly racing at the age of 62.  There are also segments on memorable events like the ‘Legends of the Speedbowl’ races where retired drivers competed in Strictly Stock cars, the night Bob Potter flew over the backstretch wall in 1991, the huge fire on the front stretch during an SK Modified race in the summer of 1994 and the wild finish to the 1992 Limited Sportsman Championship.

“We are excited to have completed the next film in this series, ” said executive producer & track historian Tom DiMaggio.  “There are important parts of the Speedbowl’s history in this chapter.  The track’s cosmetic look takes the shape of what we see at the track today during this era.  The SK Modified, Sportsman, Mini Stock and Enduro divisions of today all began in this era and the battle with town residents over the noise ordinance was a major threat to the track’s survival in the early 1990’s”

In addition to Stafford Speedway, there are stories involving Thompson Speedway as well as since-closed tracks like Plainville Stadium, West Haven Speedway and Riverside Park Speedway.

“Much of the feedback we’ve received in the last year or so is that Part 4 is the installment that is most anticipated by the Speedbowl community.”  DiMaggio added that he hopes if people use Part 4 as their introduction to the series, that they’ll like the content and go back and watch Parts 1-3 as well.  “Each film can be watched as a stand-alone film, but it is a continuing series that was meant to be watched in order.”

The stories in Part 4 are told by 41 different Speedbowl personalities – the most participants in any of the 4 films to date.  The running time is 146 minutes, the longest installment to date.  DiMaggio’s production crew for Part 4 includes Jesse Gleason, Brent Gleason, Bob Lucas, Kathy Courtemanche and DiMaggio’s wife Tiesha.  DiMaggio handles all the research, editing and marketing for the entire series as executive producer.  He is also the music supervisor, painstakingly going through hundreds of pieces of music until he finds the one that perfectly fits the segment he’s editing.  “Having the right music in each piece is essential in making the film enjoyable to watch,” DiMaggio admits “It can be a frustrating process, but once you get the right music to use, it really is worth the time and effort.”

“It has been an incredible experience producing this series.  Ultimately, I’m still a fan of the Speedbowl at heart, so to have the opportunity to sit with all these people and capture their stories was so rewarding.”  DiMaggio added, “Behind the scenes, we’ve had challenges.  We started with little.  Only Jesse had experience in producing a documentary and our initial equipment wasn’t great.  Since we’ve started in 2010, we’ve updated equipment multiple times.  And sometimes in the edit of the interviews, that shows.  But with the limited resources we’ve been working with, we didn’t have the time or budget to do re-shoots of older interviews with new equipment.  Despite all that, or the long post-production time involved with each film, the content is really good and I’m extremely proud of how these have been turning out.  I believe you’d be hard pressed to find another short track in the country whose history has been preserved like we’ve done with this project”

‘A Chronological History of the New London-Waterford Speedbowl’ is an independently funded series produced almost exclusively from support of the Speedbowl community.  Part 4 is once again sponsored collectively by Waddell Communications, Belltown Motors, Michael V. Williams Builders LLC, Nick’s Service Center, Honest John’s Used Cars, ServPro of Norwich and GRE6, all of whom previously supported the Sid’s View web series at the Speedbowl.  “We couldn’t be more fortunate for these sponsors who’ve helped us get this far.  There’s been so many other contributors, from people who came to our winter party fundraiser last January to others who’ve made private contributions, they all have a part in this.” said DiMaggio.  Parts 5 & 6, which are set to cover the eras of 1995-2005 and 2006-2014 respectively, are currently in production and seeking further sponsorship.

The dedicated website for this project (speedbowldocumentary.com) has details on each film in the series, photo galleries from the interview shoots and links to all videos available online.  They will also have an online store launched on October 23rd for those interested in purchasing the series on DVD.  People or businesses interested in sponsoring the rest of the series can contact the Vault Productions team directly through the website or email sid@vault-productions.com.

“With the racing season coming to a close, we hope everyone will find the time to watch our latest film, then hopefully give us feedback, share it around social media and help us get the word out on this series” DiMaggio said.  “The one thing I’ll guarantee is that it’ll be entertaining to watch”